It's just that what's important there is different there than what's important is here. Here, people care that you wrote a book or that you work in the media.
You're trying to find new ideas in people. I always think to myself, what question I am least comfortable asking the person? And then I make sure I ask it early in the interview.
Anybody who says they are a good liar obviously is not, because any legitimately savvy liar would always insist they're honest about everything.
I grew up on a farm, and we didn't have cable and only limited radio stations, so I wasn't inundated with culture the way people in other parts of the country were. But I was really interested in it.